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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary
February 15 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
The Cherokee Boundary was the eastern most boundary of the Cherokee Nation. The hike will begin at Wendell’s house and cover the Eastern Continental Divide to near Swannanoa Gap. Almost all of the 4.5 mile trip (many ups and downs) will be off trail or bushwhacking. There will be many unique and spectacular views (360 degrees through the trees) of the upper Swannanoa Valley, Black Mountain Range, and Great Craggy Range. Hikers will see the most remote sections of the Catawba River’s headwaters. Much of the boundary will follow the southeastern border of Black Mountain’s 465-acre watershed. The elevations will average between 2,600’ and 3,600’. We will cross several of the initial bridle trails and wagon routes that the first pioneers cut-out as they made their way over the Divide and into the Swannanoa Valley (late 1700s). Even though this part of the Swannanoa Rim is closest to Black Mountain, it is one of the wildest and least visited.
Difficulty: Difficult, 4.5 miles
Note: This hike is part of a series, which goes on sale January 2, 2020. Hikers who wish to register for individual hikes may add their name to the waitlist by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional spaces for individual hikers on the waitlist may open up if a full series hiker cancels their registration.